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    Audi R8 is the first all-LED car in the world

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    Audi R8 zooms in as the first all-LED car in the world. Right from head lamps to daytime running lights to other indicators, the energy saving LEDs power up every light source of this vehicle. Pushing aside the battery draining halogen headlights, the four times more energy efficient LED headlights render homogenous light distribution and daylight-esque color. Such a LED headlamp heralds the eco-friendly onset of the headlamps that help to leave lesser carbon footprints. The Audi R8 also boasts of a LED footwell lighting, light and rain sensors and LED engine compartment lighting.

    Posted in Transport on January 5, 2009
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    Capella – The stylish portable electric bike folds up in to a backpack

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    Every time I hit the vehicle congested city roads, I cannot stop swearing as I feel so helpless sitting behind the wheel of my fuel guzzling four wheeler waiting for the traffic to give way. But Truong Minh Nhat has actually given shape to a solution for zooming out of such a no-win situation. This industrial design student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture has designed a lightweight, compact electric bike that can actually fold into a backpack. No hassles of getting stuck in congested roads, parking or filling the gas tank. Simply wear it on your back, ride it when needed and pack it up on reaching the destination. Inspired by the Unicorn that controls the star Capella, this portable eco-friendly bike is christened as Capella. Targeting the young generation who rate the good looks as a prime reason to buy a product, Nhat has rendered a chic touch to this vehicle.

    Posted in Transport on January 5, 2009
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    Toyota hush-hushed about a solar powered vehicle for the future

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    Come 2009 and we hope to look forward to more eco-friendly vehicles hitting the road. Toyota Motors is also keeping a green vehicle under wraps. The buzz is that the car maker is working on a car that will run on sun’s energy only. Going by The Nikkei’s reports, it is known that the company is working on an electric vehicle that will get some of its power from solar cells equipped on the vehicle, and that can be recharged with electricity generated from solar panels on the roofs of homes. The newspaper also claimed that Toyota is toying with the idea of a vehicle totally powered by solar cells. Although there is no official word from the auto maker about this green-rumor, we can only wait for the leader in green technology to fulfill such green expectations in the near future.
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    Posted in Transport on January 2, 2009
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    Korean EV components for hybrid-electric vehicles of U.S.

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    A Korean car maker is waiting to zoom in U.S. territory with its electric vehicles as well as zinc air-fuel cell battery for such gas-free vehicles. The company, Leo Motors, primarily intends to focus on EV components for hybrid-electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius. It also claims to be in authority of several technological breakthroughs that will enhance the performance of the highest-end EVs, including super cars such as the Tesla Roadster. One of such breakthroughs is a zinc air-fuel cell, or ZAFC, battery, which the company aims to commercialize by late 2009.

    Posted in Transport on December 30, 2008
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    Toyota lures city-dwellers with small electric-car concept

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    As the hour demands functional, running electric vehicles, why are the car makers still toying with conceptual green cars? We need more of them hitting the production unit to hit the roads before it’s too late. To sync in with the current demand for green vehicles, Toyota too is intending to display a small battery electric-car concept at the forthcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on a subcompact model the Japanese auto maker asserts that the production model will be ideal for city limits. Designed for short-range driving such as everyday shopping and other errands, it isn’t fit for long-distance driving. With an estimated tag of $20,000, eco-city-drivers may need to wait for long to sit behind the wheel of this ‘small battery electric-car’.

    Posted in Transport on December 24, 2008
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    World’s first solar powered cargo ship leaves the shores of Japan

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    The land of rising sun made way for the world’s first cargo ship partly propelled by solar power to hit the seas. Fitted with 328 solar panels for a whopping price of $1.68 million, freighter Auriga Leader took off from a shipyard in Kobe. Developed by Nippon, it has room for about 6,400 automobiles that need to leaves the shores of Japan for other countries. For start, the solar powered ship will vehicles being sent for sale overseas by Japan’s top automaker Toyota Motor Corp. It is asserted that the 60,213-tonne, 200-metre (660-foot) long ship is the first large vessel in the world with a solar-based propulsion system.

    Posted in Transport on December 19, 2008
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    Toyota’s future hybrid cars will flaunt an Ecological Plastic interior

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    It’s not only the hybrid engines that will lend a green tag to Toyota’s forthcoming eco-friendly car. Toyota Motor Corporation is also intending to put the Ecological Plastic in use in the interiors of the cars. Usage of such plant-derived, carbon-neutral plastics will spread over 50% of the interiors of their newer green vehicles. Watch out for scuff plates, headliners, seat cushions and other interior vehicle parts sculpted out of the Ecological Plastic.

    Posted in Transport on December 19, 2008
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    Mercedes-Benz goes green with an eco-friendly line of concept vehicles

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    Though Mercedes-Benz is synonymous to luxury, it runs out of sync in the eco-friendly world. But now the company is trying to bridge this gap as they plan to unveil a line of eco-friendly hybrid vehicles at the forthcoming Detroit Auto Show. They are all set to build up their green reputation with triplets green concept babies. Focusing on emission reduction, all three differ from each other by marginal variations. The first of the lot, the BlueZero E-Cell concept, is a compact four-door hatch which gets its power from lithium-ion batteries. This green energy enables E-Cell to zoom off for 62 miles on a two-hour charge.

    Posted in Transport on December 12, 2008
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    2009 Winnebago Adventurer Hybrid is the World’s first Class A hybrid RV

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    Well-designed Motorhomes and RVs are the vehicles for deep pocketed nomads. Today we have one for those who also sport a green thumb. Since most of these vehicles are fuel-guzzling beasts, they leave enormous carbon footprints behind. But 2009 Winnebago Adventurer Hybrid dares to tread the green route. Touted to be the world’s first Class A hybrid RV, Winnebago Industries debuted their full-featured green motor home at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville. Though still a concept, I’m sure that demands from folks with a green heart and wallets filled with greens bills will soon push this vehicle to production stage.

    Posted in Transport on December 11, 2008
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    Update- SolarTaxi’s green voyage comes to an end

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    Last month SolarTaxi was on our blog as Louis Palmer was in process of materializing his dream of traveling across the globe in a solar powered vehicle. And now after 52,000 km trip around the world, this desire is fulfilled as the green drive comes to an end at the venue of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Louis Palmer smashed his “solar taxi” through a wall of polystyrene blocks marking the end of the 17-month trip.

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Transport on December 5, 2008
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